Vegetarian Alphabet Taco Soup

As the week comes to an end, I can’t believe how quickly it flew by!  It was an odd week because every day felt like Saturday.  Between an intense workout schedule, lunch dates, a little bit of gift card shopping, a trip to the dentist, some quiet time to catch up on reading, and some quality time with the BOY (we spent this afternoon at Whole Foods picking out our new year’s dinner), I didn’t get ALL of the cleaning and household jobs done that I wanted to.  For example, I have not organized the pots and pans cabinet that explodes on me every time I open it.  On the bright side, there are plenty of snowy Saturdays ahead perfect for tasks like this.  I did, however, find some time to make a quick and easy lunch to warm me on this drizzly day followed by a  Cookie Butter dessert.

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When I came back from yoga this morning, the only thing I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a movie like Center Stage and dig into a bowl of soup.   Unfortunately, I don’t have Center Stage on DVD, but I DO know some quick recipes for soup.  After a quick stop at the Target, I had the ingredients to make Taco Soup, well except for the onion, which I didn’t realize until I was home.

 

I proceeded forward without my onion.  Into the pot goes black beans, diced tomatoes, corn, diced green chilies, veggie broth, and taco seasoning, boil, simmer (40 minutes), and the soup is ready.  I was looking for a heartier lunch.  A search through my pantry revealed alphabet noodles, a childhood favorite of mine.

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I cooked up the colorful noodles and added them to my soup.

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To make Vegetarian Alphabet Taco Soup (wow…quite a mouthful!).  It sounds like an odd combination, but it was a filling and fabulous lunch!  See full TACO SOUP Recipe.

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Obviously, I have more than enough soup (some for the weekend and the rest went into the freezer), but I am happy to have extra noodles for tomorrow’s lunch!

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I had a few extra minutes in the kitchen and I have been wanting to try Averie’s No Bake Cookie Butter Balls since discovering this dangerous jar of Cookie Butter.  I vaguely followed her recipe (except I didn’t really measure things out) using graham cracker crumbs instead of cookies.  The balls are definitely a little dry, so molasses (and I used some maple syrup) are a must.  Plus the squeezing method is the way to go to form the balls.

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For the added chocolate, I melted the rest of my TJ’s Dark Chocolate Bar.  I have been reading about different techniques for dipping cookies in chocolate, but I don’t have the patience for many of them.  I attempted the toothpick method.

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But quickly abandoned it for the half dipped hand held method.

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Topped with an extra chocolate drizzle.

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They just look amazing!  Even after the drizzle, I had some left over chocolate…

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Yes…you guessed it!  Chocolate dipped Oreos!  A Law & Order marathon proved to be a good enough second choice to Center Stage as I braved the dreary day curled up on my couch with a bowl of hot soup.  The BOY was happy to join me for some Tv and was a big fan of the cookie balls.

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